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VegTech™ Invest, The Revolution in Plant-Based Innovation ETFs ⁠— Part 2 with Elysabeth Alfano (Ep. 79)



Plant-based innovations in food play an important role in solving food insecurities. 

So, how do we reduce plastics in packaging without using animal-based materials?

In this episode, Elysabeth Alfano is back to explore the ins and outs of our current plant-based revolution. Elysabeth sheds light on investing in animal-free meat and the reasons we need to move away from plastic packaging.

By exploring market trends and reviewing the different sustainable options in food and packaging around the world, Elysabeth also explains ways that climate change and food injustices will translate to the bottom line.

Elysabeth discusses:

  • The five plant-based sectors that VegTech™ Invest is funding and why
  • Ways the firm is investing in reducing plastic using animal-free material supply systems
  • How Anheuser-Busch is supporting precision fermentation to create animal-free meat
  • Ways you can invest in VegTech™ Invest’s EATV with little capital
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

As the CEO of VegTech™ Invest and the advisor to the VegTech Plant-based Innovation & Climate ETF, EATV, Elysabeth Alfano combines her business leadership and investing experience in the plant-based business arena. Helping to define and grow the new investment sector of Plant-based Innovation, her expertise is investing in the companies that are innovating with plants to produce animal-free products for sustainable consumption.

A sought-after speaker, Elysabeth discusses the intersection of sustainability and the global food supply system on radio, TV, at conferences, in boardrooms, and, most recently, at the United National Global Leaders Compact Summit. She also hosts a weekly Plantbased Business Hour interview show.


What You Should Know About Investing in Food & Plant-Based Innovation with Elysabeth Alfano (Ep. 78)



Changing what you eat has an impact on the planet, but changing how you invest has an even bigger influence.

Investing in plant-based innovations has become more accessible. And a new plant-based innovation ETF is bringing us closer to a more sustainable food system.

This week on Deep Impact Investing, Elysabeth Alfano from VegTech™ Invest details how the firm supports individual investors and companies working with plants to replace animal products and some of the eye-opening foods and products coming to the growing vegan and plant-based arena.

Elysabeth discusses:

  • Reasons the plant-based marketplace is a mega trend and how you as an investor can  participate in its growth
  • Why VegTech™ Invest created EATV, a plant-based innovation ETF
  • Timelines and innovations coming to the vegan and plant-based sector
  • What you shouldn’t know about cultivated meat
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

As the CEO of VegTech™ Invest and the advisor to the VegTech Plant-based Innovation & Climate ETF, EATV, Elysabeth Alfano combines her business leadership and investing experience in the plant-based business arena. Helping to define and grow the new investment sector of Plant-based Innovation, her expertise is investing in the companies that are innovating with plants to produce animal-free products for sustainable consumption.

A sought-after speaker, Elysabeth discusses the intersection of sustainability and the global food supply system on radio, TV, at conferences, in boardrooms, and, most recently, at the United National Global Leaders Compact Summit. She also hosts a weekly Plantbased Business Hour interview show.


Long-Term Money Planning As A Couple: Here’s Some Must-Know Advice (Ep.77)



Many of us weren’t taught personal finance when we were growing up. But what happens when we decide to join households with our significant other?

In this episode, Kim Griego-Kiel examines some must-know financial mishaps couples can avoid making while detailing the tips you need to start implementing good financial habits. Kim also unpacks the value of starting early and constructing a financial future together. 

Kim discusses:

  • The value of talking about your financial past and your money beliefs
  • Why avoid keeping money secrets
  • How neglecting conversations around your financial future together can be damaging
  • Why you shouldn’t let one person in the relationship make all the money decisions
  • Tips on having pre-wedding discussions and the importance of working alongside a financial professional  
  • And more!

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Where in the World is Sustainable Healthcare!? (Ep. 76)



Having access to better healthcare is not just a mission within our nation but also worldwide. 

So, how to work towards a better system?

In this episode, Kim Griego-Kiel explores the current healthcare system and how it’s designed to be reactive instead of proactive. By sharing her own experiences and reviewing the different healthcare systems around the world, Kim explains the pros and cons of a universal and sustainable healthcare system and what those look like. 

Kim discusses:

  • The importance of incorporating further prevention methods 
  • The role of mental health initiatives within a proactive healthcare system
  • Her personal experiences with healthcare in different countries 
  • Ways our investment portfolios can support sustainable healthcare systems
  • How did the pandemic impact healthcare across the world 
  • And more!

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What You Should Know About The Current Water Crisis (Ep.75)



Water is life. But right now, water is also a messenger.

If you’re following the news, you know about the current water shortage, and how this situation is a warning sign of climate change.

In this episode, Kimberly Griego Kiel unpacks everything around the current water scarcity while detailing some must-know action items along with tips and tricks you can follow to make a difference.

Kim discusses:

  • The climate water and food nexus we’re currently facing 
  • How ground and above groundwater management is depleting rapidly
  • Tips to reduce and optimize our water usage 
  • What to do (locally) to provide solutions to the water crisis
  • And more!

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Banking on Success Or Failure (Ep. 74)



Not every bank or mutual fund we give our money to has our environmental impact values in mind. 

In this episode, Kim Griego-Kiel takes a deep dive into how you can be smarter about where your money is going and who you invest with. She talks about banking and insurance alternatives that share ESG values and prioritize what they invest in to make an impactful difference.

Kim discusses:

  • How alternate banking like community banks or credit unions can work for you 
  • The steps insurance companies are taking to be stewards of the environment
  • What 30 of the primary insurers are doing to avoid catastrophic climate change
  • How to find out if your bank or mutual fund invests in fossil fuels
  • And more!

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15 Questions To Quiz Your Financial Health (Ep. 73)



Do you know where your financial health stands?

In this episode of Deep Impact Investing, Kimberly Griego-Kiel talks about Horizons Sustainable Financial Services’ financial health quiz. She dives into all 15 questions for you to follow along and figure out your financial health score.

Kim discusses:

  • Why it’s important to not only know the value of your bank and investment accounts but also to check them regularly
  • Why you should list your assets and liabilities or know where to find them
  • The importance of developing specific and measurable financial goals
  •  Knowing the value of your home and the balance of your mortgage and the interest rate
  • And more!

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Deconstructing Misconceptions Around Money (Ep. 72)



The rising cost of living is not just affecting the working class, but also those who are using their assets to support themselves throughout retirement.

In this episode, Kim Griego-Kiel provides you with the rundown you need to strengthen your financial roadmap. Kim starts by unpacking the most common misconceptions about money followed by highlighting how it can alter your financial freedom.

Kim discusses:

  • Three common myths about money
  • Why making more money doesn’t equal a better financial future
  • The National Retirement Risk Index and ways it can help you better understand your retirement situation
  • The mistake of believing the adage of “inflation not being that bad” during retirement
  • Ways income decreases as our households get older 
  • And more!

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Prioritizing ESG Investments with Dr. Pooja Khosla (Ep. 71)



Everything from the environment to resources, and even sustainability, has been impacted by current events, which in turn bring market volatility.

How should we react to this? Should we be scared? Should the ESG markets be worried?

In this episode, Kimberly Griego-Kiel talks with Entelligent’s executive vice president for client & product development, Dr. Pooja Khosla. Dr. Khosla discusses some of the recent anti-ESG sentiments she has been hearing, along with things we can do to prioritize ESG investing today. 

Dr. Khosla and Kim discuss:

  • Why ESG has underperformed over the last six months
  • How some industrialized countries like the US are producing more carbon than countries with a larger population
  • Reasons environmental-focused investors need to pay more attention to carbon production
  • How operating in scarcity of resources has made emerging markets more resourceful and environmentally friendly
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

Dr. Pooja Khosla is the executive vice president for client & product development at Entelligent. Dr. Khosla is an economist, econometrician, and mathematician who has deep knowledge to build investing solutions. She has extensive experience in predictive modeling, microfinance, and designing impact investment tools and has been working on impact solutions since 2003, both nationally and internationally.




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Your Environmentally Sustainable Financial Services News Brief (Ep.70)



A lot is going on in the world today, from climate change to active wars. 

But, how does it all affect us?

In this episode, Kimberly Griego-Kiel breaks down some of today’s hot topics in the news. In an educational discussion, Kim addresses how these industry-related topics impact financial advisors and investors while unveiling the role of ESG and the markets within these uncertain times.

Kim discusses:

  • The rapid increase in attacks on the ESG industry
  • Ways advisors in the ESG arena can respond to the situations happening within the industry
  • Deloitte’s four key stages of decarbonization
  • Why investors shouldn’t panic about the bear market
  • And more!

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